A question to our american friends. Why do people shop at costco, whats the attraction. Costco has now opened 3 stores that i know of here, with plans for more. Melbourne has been open for a while but syd'/ canberra opened around july. They claimed they would stir up competition here with our resident rip off super market giants which sent them into a tiz claiming all sorts of destabliseing etc for shoppers. N being very astute with a dollar said we will join there shopping club . After loseing an argument with her i paid the $ 60 fee online months before they opened but managed to avoid going there untill a couple of weeks after the store opened. Eventually i was coerced to go (like i had a choice)& discovered these morons had set up there store on 1 of the main rds into the CBD,the cops closed them just as we got to the end of the que to go in ( after takeing ages to get anywhere near them to park ) for safety reasons & major traffic disruption which pissed me off. Yesterday N got me to go, saying we will do all our xmas shopping there. 1st they open an hour later than any other super market,not happy. Then we had to que to get our membership cards, so slow that even blasie N got annoyed & then discover that there prices were way over the top. There prices didn't come close to competeing with the other rip off artests, haveing just bought all of our seafood & meat elsewhere we were stunned at the prices they wanted for the same items, Example ,king crab which i'v wanted to try for ages but expensive here was selling at coles (1 of the giants) for$ 40 a kg,fishshop outside selling for $42, costco $49.99. Had N not found some cheese that she was missing we would of just walked out & written off the membership fee. We bought a few things mainly because we were already there & went to the check out were my wallet was raped bigtime. On the way out we saw a sign saying they would refund membership fees if you were disatisfied, guess who arn't members anymore. So i have to ask, how do they survive, are they the same in the states,or are they just another rip off giant. :angrbang: Please explain what the membership fee is for & why anyone would be silly enough to renew it every year.?